With Insecure taking over television and Twitter every Sunday night, Issa Rae’s star is rising. Going from behind the scenes and on the silver screen, Issa Rae will be joining the cast of the film adaptation of Angela Thomas’s Black Lives Matter novel, The Hate U Give.
The film, starring Amandla Stenberg, gives the story of 16-year-old Starr, who lives in an area that is affected by poverty but attends a school in a suburban area. Her transition between both areas is altered when she is eyewitness to a police officer shooting her best friend who was unarmed, but could have been a drug dealer.
Issa Rae will serve as an activist named April who assists Starr after the shooting.
The Hate U Give will also feature Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Algee Smith and Common.